Why Construction Management?
Our success in the construction projects we undertake is a result of a construction management approach which relies on our cost estimating and CPM scheduling and our commitment to a proactive Quality Assurance Program.
Our primary responsibility is to ensure that our clients receive a final product that is constructed on time and within budget. The result, is a final construction project that fully supports the stated needs and objectives of the owner.
To this end, Blankenship Consulting (BCLLC) employs a systematic Construction Management process which uses various controls and procedures intended to allow the design consultant maximum creativity within the budgetary constraints and project objectives.
The Pre-Construction Stage
During the Pre-Construction Stage, the Construction Manager will provide information, data and recommendations, that will enable the Owner to make the best design decisions possible. In this role, the Owner can rely on the Construction Manager to provide input about the project with respects to:
* Estimates of the cost of construction.
* AIA Contracts & Sub Contracts
* Alternatives to materials, systems and design approach.
* Project Schedules
* Utilize value engineering in relation to design, aiding in Price Reduction.
* Assistance in obtaining Permits & Licensing.
* Recommendations for material and equipment selections.
* Account Cost Auditing on the design as it progresses to ensure it stays within the budget.
* Recommendations for subcontractors and the bidding process.
The Construction Stage
The climate during construction is one that creates a sense of purpose on the part of the contractor,
which ensures the commitment of the contractor's highest level of attention and resources.
During the construction process, it is our highest goal to ensure that the construction is in full conformance with the contract documents. It is our extreme responsibility to monitor every detail of the contractors work as well as safety issues, suspending any work which could endanger anyone's safety.
On Site Quality Control is facilitated by a full time Senior Superintendent provided by Blankenship Consulting,
and includes: Project Leadership, Construction Observation, and Directives to Correct Unsatisfactory Work when needed.
The timely and open flow of information is vital to the success of any project and includes:
Weekly Progress Reports with Pictures, Weekly Coordination Meetings, and Monthly Progress Meetings with the Owner, Architectural & Financial Teams.
The Close Out
Closing out a construction project in a timely manner may be one of the most challenging phases of any project. The BCLLC policy, for all projects undertaken, is to close out a project and achieve Final Acceptance within 30 days of Substantial Completion. Upon Substantial Completion a 30 day Completion Schedule is drafted which includes all punch list items and close out documents. Our level of effort is increased during this phase.
The Financial Picture
Typical activities included in monitoring the financial status of a project include: Payment requisitions and cash flow projections, change order negotiation, back charges, and available funds. Blankenship Consulting keeps extremely tight controls over all financial aspects of the project.
To ensure the utmost accuracy, we have designed an accounting coding system that allows us to receive and file all project invoices and records, while providing accurate
AIA Billing Draws to the Financing Organization of Choice.
At BCLLC, we believe that organization is key!
Our entire operation is stored and saved electronically on a secured server.
Along with the hard copies of all close-out documents BCLLC provides it's clients with Electronic files of all related project information.
This includes: Scans of all Correspondence, Submittals, AIA Documents, Billing Packets, Monthly Invoices, Site Pictures, Videos, as well as the entire archive of contract documentation and required project management tools used to control the job.